SWS FLAK43 GERMAN HALF-TRACK HEAVY MILITARY TRACTOR ITALERI 1/35

It is a German army half-track kit of Italeri. Completed in October 2015.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThere became considerably much stock of my plastic models. It’s various released from 30 years before to recent one. It is what I want to make now. A balance of the amount of the stock and making speed is the modeler’s eternal theme. A modeling style is up to persons.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGThe beginning is from a chassis and assembling of the axles.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGIt is not sticky even if I sharpen the plastic of this Italeri kit. It’s like dry feeling plastic and is very comfortable for me.
(06-October-2015)

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGThis Italeri kit has a connection-type caterpillar, I like it very much.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGAt first, I thought to wind a little by little, these tracks are two kinds like a king tiger and T-34, the size was quite small, so first I stuck them to a double-stick tape and they are fixed.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGI blended Mr.Cement S and Mr. Cement Deluxe to adjust viscosity for these tracks. Quick work is required. There are no spare caterpillar parts, so they can’t be lost. You might be able to wind slightly well. It was good to be able to wind up well.
(08-October-2015)

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGI have finished winding up both sides safely. There is mold in the backside of the caterpillar and it is enough quality.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGFront wheels are movable. It is a type to burn the pinpoint by the heated driver. Because of the plastic and paint, inflammable including the thinner pile up in my room, I must be careful about the handling of the fire very much. Frequently used in the dinner, this heavy stable candle stand, it is the made in Italy favorite one, is to turn off hurry up when I finished my work.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGI don’t know how to intervene with other parts, so I stop a drivers compartment putting together around here.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGAs for the front wheel, movable around 30 degrees in right and left; Since the armored car tires of other manufacturers are still rare, This ITALERI kit is over 15 years old, but this spirit is wonderful. The movable part isn’t strong, so it’s better not to hard handling.
(13-October-2015)

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGHaving assembled a loading platform, I adjust it with the driver’s seat. All the frames of the carrier opened. The wire netting parts of the mesh are effective in detail up.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGAs for all the antiaircraft gun and the cannons, small parts are complicated. If it is a tank, I insert a big pipe and that’s all.  Because I don’t have much experience of Italeri model, it accelerates difficulty not to get used to an Italeri manual.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGI assembled it a little. Because I do not understand the basic structure, it is difficult.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGAn anti-aircraft gun was made roughly. I will soon combine it into one.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGThe tip is taking care of horizontal and vertical. This could not say perfect, because it seemed to be broken if the parts which must be perpendicularly were diagonal, I cared about it. Small parts are still left.
(16-October-2015)

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGA carrier and a driver’s seat are glued together on a chassis and the interior is being painted. Even if I look into it, it seems not well visible.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGThe assembly completed.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGThe shells were loaded rather much. Painting seems difficult.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGThe angle of the gun is mobile smoothly. But, there is no strength of the parts so much. A gun was turned to the top.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGThe impression of the assembly, parts adjustment is better than I thought. There were pin marks of injection and the dented parts here and there, I corrected them.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGThe dent mark was left slightly on the bulletproof board. Seeing from the side, an iron plate of the front part of the bonnet is thick. This is for protecting an engine from shooting from the front. Types of front armor 16mm were produced in the last years of the war.
(18-October-2015)

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 PAINTINGI am painting the whole with blackish paint.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 PAINTINGIt was the base after having torn off the aqueous hobby colors.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 PAINTINGI mixed a pastel with matte medium, it’s a three-dimensional expression of the mud. There are not many meanings of mixing a pastel as this timing. Maybe it’s smooth surface if only mat medium, after mixing pastel is changed the rough texture.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 PAINTINGIt was only the dark yellow single color on a painting instruction. It was monotonous, so dark green was added like a box picture and it was made a camouflage in two colors.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe SWS Half-track was managed mainly in the later period of World War II. Each part was simplified, high-speed running wasn’t asked, the driving performance on the muddy road was considered and a caterpillar was broader than the past models.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe SWS half-track is the maximum speed per hour about 30km, compared to 50km of other half-track models, it is quite slow. However, a carrier was broad and stable, so a derivation vehicle was made variously. The model mounted with this antiaircraft gun is one of those, too.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe SWS half-track is released from Bronco and Great Wall Hobby now. This Italeri kit may be very good, too.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKI expressed the detachment of the painting in the hair spray technique. I do not like the water-based paint very much, after all, it is necessary when I use this technique. The thing of the kind of paint will increase variously, Mr. Color, Mr. Color water hobby color, TAMIYA enamel, oil paint, pastel, marker, etc.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKI used the Mat Medium as the material that it seemed stuck three-dimensionally dry mud.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe body lower part had dried weathering.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe right side and left side dirt with the same pattern.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORK

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKA compound wheel is the feature of the German vehicles. The road ability improved by this, I suppose. Maintainability and productivity fall substantially. The German vehicle quality was not able to compete with the Soviet Union, the United States of the mass production.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe shells were small, so painting was difficult. There are some places where I failed, when not getting close to seeing, it isn’t conspicuous.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKI drew the big wooden bench at the driver’s seat with effort. I suppose it was quite a good finish.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKI sharpened some edges of the bulletproof board and thinned it for more realistic expression.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe empty cartridges are included with the kit, it was arranged after painting.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKUsually, it is going to be stored in this empty cartridge case. Judging from this size, it seems to become full immediately. There were 9 empty cartridges at first, I lost one before I’m aware. Strangely, I cannot find it even if I look for painstakingly. It should be absolutely in this room. But the parts lost in the room had lain on a bathroom the other day. It’ll stick to clothes and have moved.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKBecause the antislip dots were molded on the carrier, I emphasized it by a drybrush moderately.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKTo slightly have a sense of unity in camouflage paint, I had a long dark green pattern of vertical and back and forth horizontal.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe total production amount of this heavy tractor seemed not to reach 1,000 cars. Signs of defeat were strong, and were there many weapons which took priority?

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKSome molds of the flash hider at the end of the barrel is emphasized.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKI had to line the number decals which is separately one by one straight. The WH number is the German army, the WL is the Luftwaffe. This is the German army vehicle.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKI cannot dilute the gold of the Tamiya enamel with the enamel thinner and is separated. Usability is poor, contact for customer service and is still dilution is bad. But I melted it properly with the Creos thinner of the Mr. Color. Ummm, it’s almost the same usability as Mr. Color gold.

HALF-TRACK SWS FLAK43 ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED WORKI’m satisfied with this half-track to become the uniformity finish. It was still 2 items to complete Italeri kits. Because it is a major manufacturer to represent Europe, I would like to make a lot more if there is an opportunity for future choices.
Come to think of it, a future day in the very popular movie “Back to the Future” was yesterday. Well, it is early that time passes. I’d like to see the trilogy again. It was a nice movie.
(22-October-2015)

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